When we moved into our house four years ago, we were really excited to make it our home. While the house is still a work in progress (more on that later), the garden is pretty much finished, bar a tree, some shady plants and a lick of paint. This is what it looked like before:

Garden Before

This is how it looks now:

Planted Borders

sunny garden

Finished Garden


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Poppy enjoying the garden We put bark down in a bid to reduce mud in the house (Poppy likes to weave through the plants!), reduce weeding and slug attacks. We’re also working on improving the grass, as it’s patchy and has its fair share of weeds. We also need to buy a tree, probably a hawthorne, for the border above, as the birds like having somewhere to rest. The seeds sown at the back of the garden haven’t really worked, so we’re going to plant some ferns and shade loving plants there, and maybe some more grass. Poppy jumps up at the cats walking along it, so it’s probably for the best. The back of the house needs a lick of paint, as the white walls blind you whenever you go outside and we’re in desperate need of new table and chairs. But the other night, we sat out on new deckchairs and it was bliss! I can’t wait to see how the plants grow and develop.

The beds beside the patio are also finished, though we’ve filled one with pebbles to put pots on, which still need sprucing. The other looks like this:

Planting BedsFinished BedRaised BedI’d like to say a huge thank you to What You Sow for sending me some new gardening gloves! My other pair were worn through in the fingers so were useless but these new ones are awesome and were excellent at protecting my hands from all the digging!

All we have to do now is keep everything alive. Fingers crossed! What do you think? Not bad huh?!

4 Comments on A Finished Garden… Almost

  1. Oh wow, your garden transformation is brilliant! I have just written about my garden aspirations! The perfect garden space seems a long way off for me at the min. Yours really gives me hope, as what a great job you have done :)! I have a back yard that is in some serious need of TLC but I’m not even sure where to start! That is a good tip about the bark, I will invest in some for my muddy bit! Best wishes!

    • Thank you so much! It has been quite the labour of love. We started by clearing everything, which involved a ridiculous number of trips to the tip. Good luck with your garden 🙂

  2. It looks beautiful, well done! I may do something similar with mine, although we can’t have any flowers out the back as “Double Trouble” like to dig & eat them 😉 x

    • Thanks Nicola! We’re lucky that Poppy isn’t interested in digging anything! Good luck with yours 🙂

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